Amy W. Apon, Ph.D. : Professor, Chair & Lab Director

Amy W. Apon, Ph.D.

Professor, Chair & Lab Director

In addition to directing the Data Intensive Computing Ecosystems (DICE) lab, I currently serve in the Clemson School of Computing as Chair of the Division of Computer Science, and co-Director of the Complex Systems, Analytics, and Visualization Institute (CSAVI). We are exploring new research opportunities with federal agencies, industry, and foundations, and welcome new ideas. During 2015 I was assigned as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation. I maintain an active research program at Clemson. Areas of research interest include performance modeling and analysis of parallel and distributed system, data-intensive computing, and use of commercial cloud systems for research.
Jeremy Meier : Undergraduate

Jeremy Meier


Jeremy is a third-year undergraduate student in Clemson University. He is originally from Greenville, South Carolina. He is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Digital Production Arts. His research is currently focused on distributed computing and machine learning within HPCC systems. Other interests include bionics and animation.

Alexander Herzog : Ph.D. and Assistant Lab Director

Alexander Herzog

Ph.D. and Assistant Lab Director

Dr. Herzog is a Lecturer in the School of Computing, Director of the
Senior Design/Capstone program in Computer Science, and Research
Scientist in the Data Intensive Computing Ecosystems (DICE) Lab. His
research is in computational social science, with a focus on text
analysis and big data analytics. Dr. Herzog's work develops and
applies scalable solutions to process and extract knowledge from large
volumes of unstructured data, such as speeches, social media,
scientific publications, and newspaper articles. He uses insights
extracted from these data to study political and social problems in
the areas of comparative politics, legislative behavior, and public

Linh Ngo : Clemson CITI Director of Data Science, Collaborator

Linh Ngo

Clemson CITI Director of Data Science, Collaborator

Dr. Linh Bao Ngo graduated from ​the ​University of Arkansas with a​ PhD ​degree in Computer Science in 2011. After joining Clemson University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2012, Dr. Ngo become a Deputy Lab Director for the Big Data Systems Lab of School of Computing at Clemson University in 2014. In 2015, Dr, Ngo was appointed Director of Data Science for the Cyberinfrastructure and Technology Integration Group at Clemson University. Dr. Ngo’s research focus is on the analysis and evaluation of distributed systems and big data system infrastructures. Dr. Ngo’s research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Acxiom Corporation, LexisNexis, and BMW Corporation. Dr. Ngo has been involved in both industry and federal sponsored research projects on system capacity planning for computing ​systems of companies such as Acxiom and BMW

Farah Alshanik : Ph.D. student

Farah Alshanik

Ph.D. student

Farah is a PhD student in Clemson. Her interest is focused on applying high performance computing to machine learning problems. Currently she is working on applying machine learning algorithms in transportation system.

Jason Anderson : Ph.D. Candidate

Jason Anderson

Ph.D. Candidate

Jason is a third year Ph.D. student in Computer Science, with a focus on HPC systems. His interests include high performance networking and computing architecture, and his past research projects have involved software defined networking, network functions virtualization, dynamic network topologies, and synthetic data generation. He also enjoys working on old text games written in C, for some strange reason

Yuheng Du : Ph.D. Candidate

Yuheng Du

Ph.D. Candidate

I received my Master of Science degree from University of Florida in Computer Engineering in 2011. I joined the Data Intensive Computing Ecosystem lab in 2013 and since then my research has been focused on Natural Language Understanding, Unstructured Timestamped Data Analytics and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Chris Gropp : Ph.D. Candidate

Chris Gropp

Ph.D. Candidate

My primary research interest is in redefining the way we approach machine learning. From the algorithmic and usability sides, I explore novel ways to apply the power of high performance computing to traditionally serial problems. Doing so successfully can produce a staggering volume of results, the analysis of which is its own problem, so I am also interested in redefining the ways we define success in a machine learning problem. While these approaches are widely applicable, I currently apply them towards text analysis, specifically topic models.

Christopher Flathmann : Undergraduate

Christopher Flathmann


Chris is interested in Machine learning and high performance computing. His main research is working with HPCC systems. He started working in the lab in January 2018.

Ramu Nerella : Masters Student

Ramu Nerella

Masters Student

I am a graduate student in Computer Science department. I joined Data intensive computing ecosystem lab in Aug, 2016. My research interests include Data analytics, Parallel and Distributed computing. My current research involves working with Hadoop MapReduce program for large-scale genomic sequencing tasks.

David Noh : Undergraduate

David Noh


David is a undergraduate 3rd year student, majoring in Computer Science with B.S conducting research with a focus on machine learning algorithms on the HPCC systems. Interests include machine learning algorithms and high performance computing.

Brandon Posey : Ph.D. Candidate

Brandon Posey

Ph.D. Candidate

Brandon is currently a graduate student who completed his Masters degree in Computer Science in May 2016 and is currently working on his Ph.D. His research interests include scheduling and resource allocation, cloud computing, cloud bursting, and high performance computing. His current research involves efficient deployment, scheduling, and management of large scale HPC systems within commercial clouds.

Benjamin Ryne : Undergraduate

Benjamin Ryne


Ben is a junior Computer Science student working in the DICE lab. His interests are working on Data intensive projects with real world applications, and exploring machine learning algorithms. After developing this interest, it made sense to work with HPCC systems established software to solve these complex problems.

Aishwarya Srivastava : Masters Student

Aishwarya Srivastava

Masters Student

Aishwarya is a Computer Science Masters student at Clemson University. Her research interests include Data analysis with a focus on Machine learning algorithms in HPC environment.

Robert Underwood : PhD Student

Robert Underwood

PhD Student

Robert is a PhD student in Clemson. His interests are on the systems side of High Performance Computing. Currently he is investigating network performance factors in containerized environments and reliable computer infrastructure.

Lili Xu : Ph.D. Candidate

Lili Xu

Ph.D. Candidate

Lily is a third year Ph.D. student studying in Computer Science at Clemson University. She is currently doing research in the DICE (Data Intensive Computing Eco-Systems) lab in the School of Computing. Her research mainly focuses on Machine Learning, Parallel and Distributed Computing, High Performance Computing.